A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Lancaster.
My dear people, Holy Mother Church gives us the tradition of beginning each new calendar year with the celebration of Mary, Holy Mother of God. Holiness is a word that is often misunderstood. As we begin a new year let us see if we can help to put that right, both for ourselves and for those with whom we live. Anyone fortunate enough to have had a devoted mother learns from their earliest years what a blessing they have been given. Lessons continue throughout our lives up to and even beyond the time when we lose them in death. The memory of them can bring us much consolation as we reflect on all they have done for us, all the sacrifices they made for us…..